3 Things to Consider Before Installing Fire Sprinkler Systems
Fire sprinkler systems are one of the most important things to have in your home that are often overlooked. Although they might seem like they won’t do much, fire sprinkler systems can save lives in a matter of minutes if a fire breaks out.
According to the NPFA, most structure fires and deaths caused by fires in the United States happened in residential properties, but only 8% of fires took place in homes with fire sprinklers— which shows how much of a difference fire sprinkler systems make.
These days, it’s a necessity to have a fire sprinkler system in commercial spaces and homeowners are starting to install them in their homes.
Fire sprinkler systems are similar to smoke detectors with the added feature of spraying water over the room. It’s designed to extinguish fires before they spread and function like smoke detectors.
What To Consider Before You Install Fire Sprinklers in Your Home
Before you install fire sprinklers, you should do your research and observe which system might be the best for your home. If you are renting out your home or selling it, sprinkler systems can actually add value to your home.
Since there are so many different kinds of sprinkler systems, there are three things you should consider when choosing the perfect sprinkler system.
The first thing you should pay attention to is the effectiveness of the sprinkler system. The reality is that not all sprinklers are made equal. Some are highly effective in putting out fires and some fail to operate effectively.
The main task of a sprinkler system is to contain a fire and give you and your family enough time to escape safely. In some instances, the sprinkler system might be able to fully put the fire out.
For your sprinkler system to operate properly and effectively, it would need maintenance. When choosing a sprinkler system, think of how much maintenance it needs and if you are okay with it. Luckily, some manufacturers or installers offer maintenance.
You should never skip maintenance because not only is it illegal to not maintain your sprinkler system, it can also be extremely dangerous if a fire does break out in your home.
The installation and purchase of a sprinkler system can cost anywhere from $215 – $968. The cost can be a crucial factor for homeowners since it can be quite expensive. However, you should never compromise your safety.
For new construction projects, you are expected to pay $1-$2 per square foot. Whereas for retrofitting in existing homes or businesses, you are expected to pay a higher price of $2-$7 per square foot. For historic buildings, you can expect to pay up to a whopping $10 per square foot.
Finding the ideal sprinkler system that fits your preference, needs, and budget can be a challenge. Most of the time, the cost of it is a big factor. However, you should never compromise your safety for a cheaper price.
Think of fire sprinklers as a long-term investment. Repairing your home due to fire damage can cost you a lot more than maintenance and installation costs for fire sprinklers.
Contact a Professional
In the case of a fire or other natural disaster, it is best to contact an experienced professional. Our owner Michael Fitzgibbons worked for restoration companies for 25 years and has handled various fires from both commercial and residential building. If you need fire damage restoration or any sort of smoke and soot cleanup, contact DeDona Restoration today.